This year the nation celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Supplemental Security Income program, which provides income support to people with disabilities, including 1.3 million children. For families, the program is a lifesaver that allows for greater economic security as they provide family-centered care for their children. Despite its tremendous value, conservatives are targeting the program for reforms, some of which mirror what was done to programs like TANF. It is clear that this isn’t the way to go. This panel discussed the challenges experienced by the families of children with disabilities, attacks on the SSI program, a blueprint for reform, and connections between SSI policy debates and those of other safety net programs. Panelists included Dennis Hogan, professor at Brown University and author of Family Consequences of Children’s Disabilities; Susan Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy at Brandeis University; LaDonna Pavetti, vice president for Family Income Support Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Rebecca Vallas, attorney, Community Legal Services of Philadelphia. Shawn Fremstad of the Center for Economic Policy and Research moderated. A video of the event is available below or after the jump.